-osis, -sis, -sia, -sy, -se
(Greek > Latin: a suffix; actor, process, condition, or state of; result of; expresses a state or abnormal condition or process of some disease)
2. A condition in which the erythrocytes are larger than normal; such as, in macrocytic anemia and some types of liver disease.
Macrocytosis is present in 1 to 4 percent of the adult population. The most common cause is alcoholism. Other causes include: nutritional deficiencies (B12 and folate), chemotherapy, drug side effects, haemolysis, liver dysfunction, myelodysplasia, as well as, hypothyroidism.
2. A transformation caused by some supposed supernatural powers: In the story Jane was reading, the prince was changed into a frog by metamorphosis caused by the bad witch!
3. In zoology, a complete or marked change in the form of an animal as it develops into an adult: Examples of two metamorphoses involve the change from a tadpole to a frog or from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
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2. An impulsive single act without an apparent motive.
2. Chronic myositis with diffuse hyperplasia of the interstitial connective tissue pressing upon and causing atrophy of the muscular tissue.
2. Physiologic or normal death of cells or tissues as a result of changes associated with development, aging, or use.
3. A state of degeneration of a part or tissue in which some portions are alive and others are dead.
2. Death, or mortification; especially, of a bodily tissue, as a result of the loss of blood supply, corrosion, burning, etc.
The causes of necrosis include insufficient blood supply, but also, other physical agents; such as, trauma, or radiant energy (electricity, infrared, ultraviolet, roentgen, and radium rays); chemical agents acting locally, acting internally following absorption, or placed into the wrong tissue; such as, some medicines cause necrosis if injected into the tissues rather than the vein, and iron dextran (injectable form of iron used in the prevention of iron deficiency) causes necrosis if injected into areas other than the deep muscle or vein.
2. Sound and correct living including all of the factors that may affect longevity and well-being.
3. Living in accordance with proper hygienic principles.
2. The diffusion of pure solvent across a membrane in response to a concentration gradient, usually from a solution of lesser to one of greater solute concentration.
3. The tendency of a fluid, usually water, to pass through a semipermeable membrane into a solution where the solvent concentration is higher, thus equalizing the concentrations of materials on either side of the membrane.